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This is the blog of children's book author and third grade teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Monday, February 24, 2020

#IMWAYR February 24, 2020


Each week I try to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels.

It's been a while since my last post. Here's what I read this month:


Middle Grade


City Spies is a new mystery kid spy series from James Ponti, the author of the Framed series. When Sara Martinez finds herself arrested for hacking into a computer system, she has no idea that she has earned a spot in a secret kid spy team run by the British Secret Service. Sara, code name Brooklyn, is joined by a group of kids with special spy skills and they are on a mission to save the world from a deadly virus. Kids who love Spy School and other kid spy novels will love this new series. This book will be published on March 10. I got an early copy from Netgalley.

If you know a child who loves magic, they will love the Magic Misfit series. Full of interesting messages to the reader about secret codes and ways to perform magic tricks, The Magic Misfits is about a group of kids who come together to use their magical skills to stop those who would use slight of hand to steal things from others. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.

I, Cosmo is a story of divorce told from the dog's point of view.  When Cosmo's boy, Max's parents start fighting, they decide to join a dog-child dance competition to try to keep them together. What they find instead is even when things don't turn out as expected, you can make the best of the situation. This book came to me by student recommendation. 


Young Adult


Older fans of Harry Potter will enjoy this first book in the Numair Chronicals, about a group of young magicians who have incredible potential. The story follows Arram Draper, a powerful young mage who will grow up to to a magician named Numair SalmalĂ­n who has a large role in other books in Tamora Pierce's Tortall Universe.


Trickster's Choice is another book in the Tortall Universe. This one is later in the timeline about the daughter of Alanna the Lioness. In trying to prove her worth to her pirate father and her famous mother, Alianne makes a deal with the trickster god to protect a family. Little does she know that spending time with this family will also shape her future and take her on an unexpected path. A Game of Thrones for teens.


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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a teacher and a middle grade author. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below.

Monday, January 27, 2020

#IMWAYR #MockCaldecott January 27, 2020


 

Each week I try to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. This week I ran a #MockCaldecott in my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade reading classrooms. While none of our top choices ended up winning the Caldecott, we were excited to see some of the books win other awards during the Youth Media Award announcements today.

Here are the 20 books we reviewed. 

The students and I read and rated all 20 and then debated their choices. Here were our top two favorites:


Here are a couple reasons why my students liked this book:


We were disappointed this book didn't win the Caldecott, but were thrilled it won the Pura Belpre Award. Here are some reasons why my students loved this book:


Congratulations to the 2020 medal and honor winners! We were so happy to have the opportunity to read all of these amazing books and they are all winners to us!







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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a teacher and a middle grade author. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Cybils 2019 Finalists Announced!

I was so honored to be part of the group of bloggers reading Middle Grade Fiction for the Cybils Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Award. There were so many amazing books nominated I wish we could have chosen more. I highly suggest viewing the whole list and reading them for yourself but we had to narrow it down to seven finalists. Here they are!


For more information about these books, visit the middle grade fiction page on the Cybils site

To see the finalists in other categories go here

Winners will be announced on February 14. I can't wait to see which book the next committee chooses. They have a very difficult job ahead of them, but lots of great reading!